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The novel McTeague written by Frank Norris has many ways to understand the events The relationships between the characters in the story are strange First it seems that the first half of the story many of the characters come together For example Marcus and McTeague become friends Trina and McTeague get married Maria and Zerkow get married As the story ends the friendships of the characters breaks down into violence and death First Zerkow killed Maria and himself next McTeague kills Trina and then Marcus tracks down McTeague in the desert and they both die as McTeague kills Marcus and then dies himself of dehydration It seems the strong survive and the weak die In this case the strong survive longer than the weak The theme that connects most of the conflicts together is that of greed Greed is one of the three major themes in the novel McTeague McTeague shows the dangers of greed and how it can get the best of you This novel shows how money can make you from a caring person into a evil person Zerkow was greatly obsessed with gold and riches The same obsession for money was in all of the characters Zerkow was viewed as a lost soul and Trina as a proper young lady yet they were both almost exactly alike Here are some quotes on greed Miser nasty little old miser Youre worse than old Zerkow always nagging about money money and you got five thousand dollars You got more an you live in that stinking hole of a room and you wont drink any decent beer She dont care if I get wet and get a cold and die No she dont as long as shes warm and got her money Greed in the novel is one of the strongest point Social Darwinisms problem is having to keep on gaining in order to have the things you can not possible have
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